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A Fresh Face for Freshman

A Fresh Face for Freshman

Olivia Roderick, Reporter October 4, 2021

This year, Katie Brandau is welcomed as the new 9th grade counselor. Brandau moved from Durango, Colorado, where she was a high school counselor for five years.  Brandau said “[she] knew she always...

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Students sing the praises of new choir teacher

Cici Hunter, Reporter October 4, 2021

Joshua East is the latest addition to the fine arts program. Working beside Olivia Henning , East co-teaches the performance choirs and is the lead teacher for Chamber choir. East started his career...

Photo by Baya Burgess

Photo Gallery: First Month of the School Year

Maya Pavlyak, Online Editor-in-Chief September 27, 2021

Introduction of Photographers Baya Burgess (Photo Editor) "I've been a photographer on staff for four years now. I've loved sharing my work with the school. Taking photos is my favorite thing to...

Photo by Addie Driscoll

Black Box Theatre Festival Director Profiles

Nisa Khosh and Natasha Torkzaban September 15, 2021

  Mary Kate Shultz, senior What’s the title of your show? What’s it about? “My play is titled jackpot, it takes place in a small town. The protagonist is a teenager who works...

A Change in Pace

Nisa Khosh, copy editor September 2, 2021

As students returned back to school, they were welcomed with a completely new schedule.  There are 20 mods in a day; each mod is either an A course or a B course. A courses meet four times a week in...

Security Guard Dies

Zanna Ingram, Copy Editor May 12, 2021

Security guard Charles Thomas passed away on April 30, 2021, leaving behind a legacy as the head sponsor of Can We Talk, a program which works to help students of color achieve their goals by pairing them...

Lawrence school board president, Kelly Jones

Legislators Debate Trans Rights

Isis Norris, Free Press Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2021

During a year filled with fallout from the pandemic and political uprisings, some Kansas legislators have focused their attention on other matters: transgender youth. A History of anti-LGBTQ legislation Kansas...

Girl Grappler Gray Undefeated

Girl Grappler Gray Undefeated

April 12, 2021

During her high school career, junior Madyson Gray has never lost a match in girls wrestling. In fact, Gray has never lost a state championship she has qualified for. Gray first went out for the middle...

Brief: Possible Ban On Sports For Transgender Women

Brief: Possible Ban On Sports For Transgender Women

Zanna Ingram, Copy Editor April 5, 2021

A bill that would prevent transgender students from participating in women's sports is currently being debated in the Kansas State Legislature. The bill states that due to the biological advantage of...

Teachers required to return to classrooms

Zanna Ingram and Isis Norris March 5, 2021

In an email sent to district personnel on Feb. 24, Superintendent Anthony Lewis announced that all staff members will be required to return to the building by March 15.  If a staff member would like...

NEWS BRIEF: BOE begins in-person plans

NEWS BRIEF: BOE begins in-person plans

Alexandria Brown and Isis Norris February 9, 2021

6-12 grade students will be able to return to full time in-person learning on March 29, according to plans announced by Superintendent Anthony Lewis.  The announcement came as the USD 497 Board of...

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